Spokane Journal of Business

Current Spokane Schools projects valued at $164 million

Work on Linwood ongoing; two more projects gear up

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The $23.5 million addition to Lewis & Clark High School will involve adding a commons area and classrooms.

Spokane Public Schools, for which voters passed a $495 million construction bond in November, has about $164 million in construction projects in the works this year.

Construction is underway on the $28 million Linwood Elementary School replacement project at 906 W. Weile, says Greg Forsyth, director of capital projects and planning for the district.

The project will include classrooms, a new gym, a multipurpose room, a stage, a library, and a community room, Forsyth says.

T.W. Clark Construction LLC, of Spokane Valley, is building the new two-story, 75,000-square-foot elementary school on the site’s existing playground. Integrus Architecture PS, of Spokane, is the architect.

Once the project is completed and classes have moved to the new building, the current school will be demolished and replaced with a new playground and new parking, Forsyth said.

The project is expected to be substantially complete in August, he says.

Forsyth says the district has two upcoming projects-- one at Lewis & Clark High School, at 521 W. Fourth, and another at Wilson Elementary School, at 911 W. 25th. Construction on both projects is expected to begin in June.

The $23.5 million Lewis & Clark High School project, funded in part by both the 2015 and 2018 bonds, is a 30,000-square-foot commons and classroom addition designed by NAC Architecture, of Spokane. Forsyth says that project was set to go out for bids in mid-March.

The $12.5 million Wilson Elementary project includes a classroom addition and gym replacement, which will total 14,800 square feet of space.

Forsyth says Integrus Architecture PS, of Spokane, designed the project, and Garco Construction Inc., also of Spokane, will be constructing it. 

Elsewhere in the district, Forsyth says plans are also underway now for the 135,000-square-foot Shaw Middle School replacement project at 4106 N. Cook. The project also will include a 40,000-square-foot building at the site that will house the high school graduation assistance program known as On Track Academy, and a 14,000-square-foot building to serve as the Hillyard Public Library.

Forsyth says the total Shaw project costs likely will be over $100 million, with funding for Shaw Middle School coming from the 2015 and 2018 bonds, funding for the On Track Academy coming from the 2018 bond, and funding for the new library coming from the 2018 libraries bond.

He says the three buildings will be located to the south of the existing Shaw Middle School, and the school building will be occupied during construction.

Forsyth says the Shaw Middle School space will create a larger gym, new commons, and additional classroom and science spaces, upgraded field spaces, and additional parking.

Lydig Construction Inc., of Spokane Valley, is the contractor for the entire three-building project, and Integrus Architecture PS, of Spokane designed it. 

“We’re looking to start some early site work this fall, with major construction to begin in 2020,” he says. “The plan is to have everything completed in time for the 2021-2022 school year.”

Looking ahead, Forsyth says the district is in the process of hiring an architecture and engineering team for the Glover Middle School replacement project at 2404 W. Longfellow.

“This will be a complete replacement of Glover Middle School, as part of the 2018 bond,” he says. “We’re hoping to start designing by April, so the school will be ready to open by the 2021-2022 school year.”

Forsyth says this summer the district also will be seeking an architect to design plans for the replacement of Joe Albi stadium and the new northwest middle school at the Joe Albi site at 4918 W. Wellesley. He says construction for those projects could begin as early as fall of 2020.

LeAnn Bjerken
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Reporter LeAnn Bjerken covers health care at the Journal of Business. A Minnesota native and cat lover, she enjoys beachside vacations and writing poetry. LeAnn has worked for the Journal since 2015.

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